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Understand ventilation to curb COVID-19 risk

May 29, 2021 | News

Information on the transmission of the SARS-CoV-2 virus has constantly been evolving right from droplet spread to the virus being declared airborne. The acknowledgment of airborne transmission prioritizes ventilation along with masks, hand hygiene, and social distancing. This article focuses on ventilation, the most critical measure to curb the spread by intentionally introducing outdoor air into closed spaces.

Landmark resolution: Oral health back on global agenda

May 28, 2021 | News

The 74th World Health Assembly (WHA74) has approved the landmark resolution on putting oral health back on the global agenda.

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Mucormycosis dedicated center at ACPM, Dhule

May 27, 2021 | News

Jawahar Medical Foundation ACPM Medical College and the OMFS department of ACPM Dental College, Dhule, have set up a center dedicated to treat and manage post-COVID mucormycosis cases.

Acetic acid to prevent mucormycosis – Dr. Puneet Wadhwani (OMFS)

May 25, 2021 | News

The Covid-19 pandemic has unleashed a flood of Mucormycosis cases in India. All specialists - the ENT/ ophthalmic/ maxillofacial surgeons, physicians, and radiologists are working on its early diagnosis, early radical surgical debridement, and medical management with Liposomal Amphotericin B. However, it is equally critical to explore the other end of the spectrum, i.e., the site of initial fungal spore invasion-the nostrils. Dr. Puneet Wadhwani (OMFS) suggests the use of acetic acid as a simple, readily available, and inexpensive measure - worth exploring further for the prevention of mucormycosis.

Mucor due to hyperglycemia from new strain?

May 23, 2021 | News

As the medical fraternity gets busy identifying the risk factors and causative factors behind mucormycosis, a clinical observation of six months suggests it could be due to severe hyperglycemia caused by the new variant of SARS-CoV-2.

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Indian SARS-CoV-2 variant B.1.617.2: Part 3

May 21, 2021 | News

This is a series of updates by Dr. Rohan Bandi (MDS) Prosthodontist, Mumbai on the emerging lines of evidence on B.1.617.2, the Indian variant of SARS-CoV-2. Part 3 of the series describes the current status of B.1.617 and the impact of its mutations on the vaccines .

Now a T-cell-based clinical test for COVID-19

May 18, 2021 | News

Our interest in the significance of T-cell immunity in fighting SARS-CoV-2 infection and in providing resistance to re-infection is only growing more. Now, we have the first clinical T-cell-based test for patients to confirm recent or prior COVID-19 infection.

Indian SARS-CoV-2 variant B.1.617.2: Part 2

May 15, 2021 | News

This is a series of updates by Dr. Rohan Bandi (MDS) Prosthodontist, Mumbai on the emerging lines of evidence on B.1.617.2, the Indian variant of SARS-CoV-2. Part 2 of the series describes the basics of B.1.617 and clarifies the different terms used in the description of variants, especially the Indian variants.

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Sumita Mitra nominated for European Inventor Award 2021

May 12, 2021 | News

Sumita Mitra, an Indian-American chemist, has been nominated as a finalist for the European Inventor Award 2021 for applying nanotechnology to produce a new composite restorative material, which has many advantages over conventional materials.

Indian SARS-CoV-2 variant B.1.617.2—Part 1

May 11, 2021 | News

This is a series of updates by Dr. Rohan Bandi, a prosthodontist from Mumbai, on the emerging updates on B.1.617.2 the Indian variant of SARS-CoV-2.

Breakthrough COVID-19 infections among the vaccinated may not be a severe threat

May 10, 2021 | News

As the COVID-19 vaccination drive continues to expand throughout the world, SARS-CoV-2 variant mutations and breakthrough infections have posed a new public health concern.

Are new SARS-CoV-2 variants escaping PCR detection?

May 9, 2021 | News

Several media reports have come up with scary headlines that the new SARS-CoV-2 variants are fooling the RT-PCR test, which is considered the gold standard test for detecting the SARS-CoV-2 infection. Anecdotal reports say PCR tests are not able to detect the virus due to the new mutations. Is it true? Let us explore science and find out the truth.

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WHO statement on airborne transmission of SARS-CoV-2

May 4, 2021 | News

The World Health Organization (WHO) updated its communication on the airborne transmission of SARS-CoV-2 on 30 April 2021. This article summarizes their current opinion.

Saliva test for COVID-19 diagnosis and severity prediction – Dr. Amisha Parekh

April 29, 2021 | News

The use of saliva has multiple advantages over nasopharyngeal swabs in terms of being non-invasive, its ease of collection without professional help, and without the need for transport media. The growing evidence on saliva being as accurate as nasopharyngeal swab test makes it a potential alternative diagnostic test especially in times like these when testing demands have surged.

The changing goalposts of vaccine effectiveness – Dr. Ameet Revankar

April 26, 2021 | News

The measured efficacy/ effectiveness of the vaccine is only a guide for approval and not a benchmark for claiming superiority of one vaccine over another.

A Seasoned Oral Surgeon’s Perspectives: Post-COVID 19 Oral & Maxillofacial Manifestations

April 24, 2021 | News

Renowned oral and maxillofacial surgeon Dr. Vijay Deshmukh will be presenting an online lecture on the perspectives of an oral surgeon on post-Covid oral & maxillofacial manifestations. Date of zoom session: 25th April 2021. Time 11 am

COVID-19 response by mobile apps in India

April 20, 2021 | News

The possible benefits by which one can use mobile applications (apps) for contact tracking in managing the COVID-19 pandemic have been discovered. Various mobile apps have been developed and permitted by the Central and State Govt. and some medical organizations for controlling COVID-19. India has launched the Arogya setu app, the first of its kind in disease surveillance initiative used.  This study provides a systematic review of mobile apps used in the COVID-19 pandemic and focuses on developing future e-healthcare services.

COVID-19 survivors at an increased risk of salivary gland ectasia and oral disease

April 15, 2021 | News

MILAN, Italy: Since the evidence of oral manifestations linked to SARS-CoV-2 is scarce, researchers have recently set out to fill the gap by investigating the presence and prevalence of oral conditions in people who had contracted COVID-19 and successfully recovered from it. They discovered that SARS-CoV-2 directly affects the oral cavity of COVID-19 survivors, which is manifested by a significant number of the patients developing salivary gland ectasia and other oral diseases after clinical recovery.

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